Author: Dennis E. Gilbert
It is often easy to point the finger at a bad attitude. We can be accusatory without self-examination. And yes, we make choices about attitude.
Most employers will tell you that they hire for attitude. Certainly, there are often minimum skill requirements and sometimes certifications or degrees, but next in line is often attitude. Although we might not always recognize it, attitude is about choice.
It is about our choices, what we choose. It is not about what someone has done to us, against us, or because of us. We still have the right, and more importantly the responsibility to choose.
Good or Bad
Like most things in life, we can make good choices or bad. Do you want to make good choices?
If yes, you might choose to:
- participate with interest
- give your best effort
- encourage honest work
- help others
- be committed to learning
- strive for excellence
- have a willingness for change
- support improving confidence
- be optimistic
- have an open mind
- have ambition
- celebrate achievements
- keep promises
- believe in the goal
- discover and focus on the good
That isn’t all, there are plenty more. Unfortunately, there are bad choices too.
Choices about our attitude might be similar to a habit, or perhaps positive choices should become one. You have to make the choice about attitude over and over again. It isn’t a one and done.
We’ve all probably heard that attitudes are contagious and that they often develop from role models. Each day is a new opportunity, a new experience, and one that might require the right attitude.
There are rewards for making good choices. When you make good choices about attitude, you might find yourself with a better job, better pay, and an ever increasing number of opportunities.
Choose to lead. Choose to be a good role model.
Always make good choices.
Have the right attitude.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.